In honor of Oscar night, I'm going to maintain the same odd, bemused detachment of Seth McFarlane during this week's roundup here. So let's go.
Mets: Baseball's back! Well, sort of. Sure, they're playing games that don't count, or mean anything at all really, but it's still nice to see guys out their in uniforms and everything. The Mets got their first look at Zack Wheeler who threw two scoreless innings in a win over Washington and it was sublime. Let's just get him up here, I think.
Yankees: After what was something of an offseason filled with ugly news, the Yankees started Spring Training and instantly got some more. Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured forearm after getting plunked by a pitch and will be out until probably May. The injury causes problems for a Yankees outfield that was a little iffy to begin with, and this could be the first step in what may actually be the first somewhat iffy Yankees season in many moons. Or whatever, they'll probably win 95 games anyway, but we can still enjoy this for now.
Knicks: Seriously, every time you think the Knicks may be ready to step forward, they go scrambling straight backward. A four-game losing streak was finally snapped on Sunday with a nice win over Philadelphia, but it didn't necessarily dispel the mounting doubts about just how good this team is. After entering the All-Star break off of dismal losses to the Clippers and Raptors, the Knicks came off the rest and got run out of the gym by the Pacers before another ugly loss to Toronto. New York still suffers from bouts of defensive indifference, and erratic play from pretty much everyone not named Carmelo Anthony or Tyson Chandler. Another big week looms as they get set for a tilt with Miami next Sunday at the Garden that should tell us most of what we need to know.
Monday, Feb. 25
7:00 PM NCAAB Syracuse at Marquette
Tuesday, Feb. 26
8:00 PM NBA Brooklyn at New Orleans
7:30 PM NHL NY Islanders vs. Boston
7:00 PM NHL NY Rangers vs, Winnipeg
Wednesday, Feb. 27
8:00 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. Golden State
7:00 PM NCAAB UConn vs. Georgetown
Thursday, Feb. 28
7:00 PM NHL NY Islanders vs. Toronto
7:00 PM NHL NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay
8:00 PM NHL New Jersey at Winnipeg
Friday, March 1
7:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at Washington
8:00 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Dallas
Saturday, March 2
8:00 PM NBA Brooklyn at Chicago
12:00 PM NHL Syracuse vs. Louisville
2:00 PM NCAAB UConn at Cincinnati
9:00 PM NCAAB Rutgers at Georgetown
3:00 PM NHL New Jersey at Buffalo
Sunday, March 3
1:00 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. Miami
3:00 PM NHL NY Islanders vs. Ottawa
7:30 PM NHL NY Rangers vs. Buffalo
Nets: The Nets have been having a good season, but haven't really put a stretch together worthy of getting everyone's undivided attention. After four straight wins, including a gutty overtime win over the red-hot Pacers, Brooklyn appeared to finally be mounting that stretch. But a pair of questionable losses to Houston and Memphis to close this week have them still staring up at the Knicks in the Atlantic Division. After staring down Western foes New Orleans and Dallas, Brooklyn will close next week with a Saturday test against the defensive-minded Bulls.
Rangers: The Rangers weirdly kind of stink. Entering the season with high expectations, New York's scent may not be quite as bad as all that, but they've yet to really impress. They finished up a lost week in Canada with three-straight defeats, including two to Montreal and another to Ottawa. They're looking ahead to a light week, with just two games upcoming next week with Tampa Bay and Buffalo.
Islanders: After a red-hot start, the Islanders fell into a familiar funk in February. But after finally ridding themselves of the baggage of Rick DiPietro's near lifetime contract, New York finished the week up relatively strong with a pair of wins against Buffalo and Montreal, before a Sunday loss to Carolina. The Isles will look ahead to a couple of Canadian teams in Toronto and Ottawa.
Devils: The Devils are quietly the best hockey team in town, racing out to a 10-4-4 start to the year. They've been a little sloppy of late, losing three of their last four games, with a lone win coming in a split of a home and home with the Washington Capitals. They'll take the lessons of Sunday's loss to Winnipeg into next week's slate with those same Jets and a contest with the Sabres.
Big East basketball: Syracuse retired Carmelo Anthony's No. 15 to the rafters Saturday, then watched Georgetown spill the party by coasting to an 11-point victory. UConn may not be eligible for postseason play, but they are still finishing strong, and closing in on another 20-win season thanks to the superlative play of Shabazz Napier. Rutgers lost leading scorer Eli Carter for the season, then closed the week with a dismal loss to Providence as their season continues its nosedive.